The Danube Summer School 2014 has started with 20 participants  from 6 different Danube countries. After having gathered on Sunday afternoon in Ulm, we had dinner at Hotel am Schloss in Illertissen, in order to get to know one another and get familiar with the the programm. On Monday morning, the first lecture day, the participants were frist shown around by Mr Martin, the Director of the Vöhlin Castle to get an understanding of the venue and its past. The first lectures were then held by Prof. Dr. Pätzmann about Branding and Prof. Dr. Steurer about Power-Minigrids, both from the Univesity of Applied Sciences of Neu-Ulm at the Vöhlin Castle’s Bacchus Hall.